A Maho Bay property in St. John has been acquired by the US Virgin Islands for $20 million. The property is a 220 acre piece of land that includes a beach on Maho Bay and will be added to the National Park, where it will be protected and developed in the future. The National Park makes up two thirds of the island and was first established in 1956 when Laurance Rockefeller donated a large piece of land. The Maho Bay beach area has been open to the public but the government plans to put in new parking areas to replace the limited parking on the narrow roads leading to the beach. The beach is known for its calm waters and marine life so it is great for snorkeling.